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Center For International Environmental Law (CIEL)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, International, International Studies, Law & Jurisprudence

Mission: The Central for International Environmental Law's (CIEL) uses the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society.

Target demographics: defend the right to a healthy planet

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Strengthening international law and systems to protect the environment and human rights; Empowering communities to defend their rights; Developing and advocating for new global standards for international financial flows; and Strengthening the legal tools to counterbalance corporate power and increase transboundary corporate accountability.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CIEL is one of the most exciting and innovative non-profits out there, working at the forefront of human rights, environmental, and corporate responsibility issues. All of their staff are some of the best in the field, and it is continuously impressive and inspiring to see how much impact their work has. While their staff is relatively small, they manage to get more tangible work done than other non-profits with much larger teams. They are a leader in the human rights community, and I am also excited to follow their work and support it where I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CIEL is a great nonprofit.
I had the chance to be an intern at CIEL, in Geneva, where I did legal research on how to operationalize linkages between human rights and climate change. I worked with the most passionate people I have ever met and learnt from the best. Their dedication to human rights and climate justice is a source of inspiration. It was an amazing opportunity.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is quite an impressive organization. It never ceases to amaze me how much this small group of highly dedicated professionals is able to accomplish. They focus on using the law to save the environment and to promote human rights around the world. They work directly with communities adversely affected by multinational mega projects (such as gold mines) to ensure a just and environmentally sustainable resolution. They do extensive legal research, collaborate closely with other like-minded organizations, and bring the law to bear at high levels of international negotiation. Their annual report is always eye-popping for both the breadth and depth of their accomplishments and is the reason I remain a sustaining donor.

Donor

Rating: 5

CIEL is a wonderful organization with expertise in international environmental and human rights law as well as international governance. It's amazing what CIEL is able to do with a small staff of dedicated lawyers and professionals. Whether working directly with communities or at international negotiations, CIEL always respectful, professional, and driven by its mission to promote a more just and sustainable society.

Shilpi C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CIEL is an integral and influential player in the #breakfreefromplastic movement at the regional (US) and global level. Their Fueling Plastics report, in particular, is a game-changing piece of research used widely by movement members to effectively communicate the fossil fuel industry's role in plastic production and human health impacts. CIEL's dedication to environmental and social justice is highly impactful in our intersectional work involving human rights and environmental conservation. I love collaborating with CIEL's exceptional staff while utilizing their fact-based resources as a global communicator and activist.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern for CIEL's People, Land and Resources team in summer 2018. Not only did I learn a lot about development finance and its effects on people and the environment, but I also got to be directly involved with many interesting projects. Interning at CIEL has inspired me to pursue a degree in international development, as I want to dedicate my life to solving issues similar to the ones that CIEL addresses. The staff at CIEL works hard to make the world a better place every day, and it was a privilege to work alongside them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CIEL is defined not just by a wealth of expertise, but an extraordinary passion for environmentalism and human rights. The work produced at this organization far outweighs its small staff, all of whom are actively making a difference in their respective fields. I was lucky to be intern for CIEL this past summer and gained invaluable experience and insight into the environmental law and policy. Between its friendly staff and cutting-edge work, I truly cannot recommend this NGO enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had the pleasure of interning with CIEL for three months this past spring on the communications team. While maintaining CIEL's web presence and contributing to the blogs, I also had the opportunity to sit in on and participate in broader meetings and events. The range of experiences I was offered greatly helped shape me as a communicator as well as an activist in the climate sphere, and I am very grateful for that.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great people and exciting work! Thanks CIEL for having me as a legal fellow for a year. It's always a pleasure and an honor to work with CIEL!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've shared office space with CIEL in the past and been in many professional settings with its staff. They have detailed analysis, a comprehensive view of the problems faced by affected communities and policymakers alike, and produce excellent research. Plus, they're nice people!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with CIEL for several years as part of a coalition fighting for human rights in development. CIEL is there with critical research and analysis. And they're always willing to go to bat for the rights of communities around the world. CIEL makes sure that grassroots voices are heard in the halls of power.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CIEL is a reliable partner organization that produces excellent and thorough work on cross-cutting issues such as climate change, development finance, and human rights. Their advocacy is hard-hitting, and instrumental in effecting real changes in systems and governance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have nothing but love and deep admiration for my colleagues at CIEL. Their work within international climate negotiation spaces and exposing the climate crimes of some of the largest oil corporations has been stellar and hard-hitting. I also appreciate that they are both legal wonks *and* grassroots activists at heart, commonly seen at protests across the DC area and beyond.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CIEL's innovative strategies make it a leader in strengthening environmental protections and promoting human rights through international law. Whether it is by empowering local communities to defend their rights, standing up to corporate power, or advocating directly with decision makers, CIEL's dedicated and highly skilled staff enable it to have a wide ranging impact that benefits everyone working for environmental and social justice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Last summer, I have the great opportunity to intern at Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).

Having more than 8 years of experience as a lawyer working for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Agency, and other agencies in Peru, my purpose was to learn about how to effectively address environmental issues worldwide from an NGO perspective and mainly help vulnerable communities develop in a sustainable and climate-friendly way. I am glad that while working for CIEL, I was able to get involved in areas of international law and assist with policy analysis and advocacy regarding illegal logging, trade in illegal timber, potential harms caused by the implementation of projects in Latin America, and climate change. Among others, this experience made sadly realize that my home country Peru was failing to comply with regulations to fight against the trade of illegal timber.

Thanks to CIEL, I could attend several events and conferences on its behalf and be part of the NGO world knowing wonderful people whose organizations look to create a greater impact on people’s lives. Further, I had the opportunity to stand and raise my voice against the irrational decision of the US President to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.

From the start, CIEL staff made me feel as a part of its family. I met incredible people, not just extraordinary professionals but lovely persons that are always willing to help and teach. I am pretty sure that they will continue with the great work.

I am so grateful to CIEL for this opportunity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CIEL is an outstanding non-profit that is able to achieve long-lasting impact by using the law to tackle pervasive environmental, health, and human rights issues. The people who work at CIEL are experts in their field and passionate about the work they do. CIEL doesn't back down from important but difficult battles, just because they are less likely to win or harder to explain to donors.

Carole H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2005, I clerked for CIEL's office in Geneva. During those three months, I had the great privilege of working with a dedicated staff to address issues of environmental sustainability in the WTO and research the intersection of human rights and environmental conservation. The organisation is committed to making the world a better place for all with top notch lawyers and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a summer intern, I was able to see up-close CIEL's diligent work on environmental issues and human rights. CIEL and its employees set themselves apart by their close collaboration with local individuals and communities, partnerships with other organizations, international expertise and passion. They carefully analyse their activities and initiatives to ensure that they are always mission-driven and maximizing their impact globally.

Leyla B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to intern with the Center for International Environmental Law this past spring. Each day in the office, it was evident how hardworking and dedicated each one of my colleagues was - and is - to CIEL's mission. Although I only worked for CIEL for a few months, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments and projects across multiple disciplines, which allowed me to learn and grow in more ways than one. I am confident that I will carry much of what I learned at CIEL in my future career, and that CIEL will continue to advance frontiers and pave the way of environmental justice for all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning at CIEL this past summer and would highly recommend the experience. CIEL clearly values interns as an important part of their team and offers many opportunities to learn by doing. I also felt very welcome in the office and enjoyed getting to know members of the staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CIEL has an impact that far exceeds its resources: contributing invaluable expertise and analysis, showing up for partners and investing in long-term relationships with impacted communities, fighting for accountability, transparency, and a human rights-based approach on all environmental issues in every fora.